A new YouGov poll suggests Germans want the UK to remain a member of the EU.
YouGov asked German respondents their views on the UK and EU. David Cameron has been trying to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the rest of the EU before an in/out referendum due by the end of 2017.
When respondents were asked about the UK staying in the European Union 58% said they would prefer their island neighbours to remain in. A total of just 18% said they would want the UK to leave the union. A further 23% said they did not know. This suggests that generally Germans want the UK to remain in the union, but one in five want the country to leave and almost one in four are unsure on the issue.
The German respondents were also asked if Germany should renegotiate with the UK, as planned by David Cameron. 54% said that Germany should negotiate, whilst 27% the country should not. A further 19% said they did not know.
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Overall, the news is positive for advocates in the UK wanting to stay in the EU. Furthermore, the fact that Germans are willing for their leaders to negotiate with the UK is good news for David Cameron and his plans to renegotiate the UK’s EU relationship.
Cameron has a very tough task ahead of him, one that will be filled with obstacles. According to the Telegraph, four EU leaders have told the Prime Minister that “they could not accept plans to rewrite the treaties of the EU to deny in-work benefits to migrants.” However, according to the BBC, Angela Merkel is “open to EU treaty changes for UK.”
The poll combined with this suggests that Cameron could have some success, but that the road to full success will be hard.
See the full results of the poll here.